Several U.S. summer hits finally crossed the pond over the weekend, reviving flagging ticket sales in key European markets.
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” galvanized the U.K., ringing up an estimated $5.3 million in three days on 440 prints, excluding Thursday night sneaks. That blitzed “Pearl Harbor’s” lift-off by 35% and ranks as BVI’s second biggest live-action preem in the territory, just 5% short of the helmer-writer’s “The Sixth Sense.”
The Mel Gibson starrer mesmerized Mexico, harvesting roughly $2.8 million on approximately 500 copies, a BVI live-action record, outgunning “Pearl Harbor” by 22%, the distrib’s savvy international tracker said Sunday.
The suspenser bowed in top spot in Germany without reaching stratospheric heights, notching an estimated $3.2 million on 800 screens, 15% below “Sixth Sense.” That opening (which reps 45% of the top 10 titles’ receipts) is a commentary on a market where ticket sales were hammered throughout the summer by a combo of widespread flooding, stubbornly high unemployment, rising prices and the distraction of national elections.
Invading Italy, its final major territory, “Men in Black II” rustled up an estimated $2.8 million on 461 — 8% bigger than the original edition and on par with “The Mummy,” according to Columbia TriStar Intl. senior exec VP Mark Zucker. The sci-fi spoof’s cume zoomed to $230 million, including Spain’s lucrative $9.3 million through its third frame, and looks good for at least $245 million.
The Tom Hanks headliner “Road to Perdition” ruled in France, selling 2,750,000 tickets (about $1.46 million), and in South Korea, fetching a terrif $797,000 on 128, per Fox Intl.’s Sunday estimates.
“About a Boy” sired roughly $425,000 in two days on 35 screens in Japan’s nine key cities, which typically account for about 35% of the nationwide business. That figure is 52% of the opening of “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” UIP president Andrew Cripps said Sunday.
“Boy” mustered a solid $175,000 Friday-Saturday on 33 screens in Italy’s keys, some 65% of “Diary.”
Vin Diesel vehicle “XXX” revved up the Australian wickets, snaring $1.7 million on 300, 13% bigger than the recent debut of “Minority Report.” Actioner grabbed $250,000 on 100 in South Africa and $200,000 on 75 in Turkey (No. 1 in both) and retained pole position in its soph session in Brazil, taking $620,000 at the weekend (falling by a reasonable 37%) and $2 million thus far.
Beginning its offshore safari in its native Oz, “Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course” wrangled an OK $396,000 on 174, placing third behind “Insomnia,” which dropped by 37% after its top-ranked opening. “Insomnia” has grabbed an impressive $1.6 million in 11 days.